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December 17th, 2014

Birth Name:
Alison Elizabeth Goldfrap


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s



Bath, England's singer/composer/keyboardist Allison Goldfrapp began exploring music as part of her studies as a fine art painting major at Middlesex University, mixing sound, visuals, and performances in her installation pieces. While she was still in college, she appeared on her friend Tricky's 1995 debut, Maxinquaye, which led to appearances on albums from other cutting-edge electronic artists, including Orbital's Snivilisation and Add N to X's Avant Hard. By the late '90s, Goldfrapp began honing her own compositions; one of her friends passed some of her demos on to composer Will Gregory. Finding much in common in their musical tastes and approaches, the duo took Allison's surname as the name for their collaboration. After signing to Mute in 1999, Goldfrapp delivered their debut album, Felt Mountain, in fall 2000. Felt Mountain went on to nearly universal acclaim and spawned several singles, including the Utopia Genetically Enriched EP, which arrived in early 2001. After spending most of that year touring, Goldfrapp entered the studio in 2002 and returned with Black Cherry in spring 2003. The “Ooh La La” single and the full-length Supernature, both of which continued the disco and glam rock influences of the duo's previous album, were released in 2005; 2008's The Seventh Tree moved in a more acoustic, but equally lush direction. In 2009, the group released its score to Sam Taylor-Wood's film about John Lennon as a youth, Nowhere Boy, which they recorded with a full orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The smoothly poppy Head First, led by the Italo-disco-inspired “Rocket,” arrived in March 2010. Two years later, the Singles collection, which featured the previously unreleased songs “Yellow Halo” and “Melancholy Sky,” summed up the group's career to date. Taking inspiration from classic authors and auteurs such as Patricia Highsmith, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, and Michelangelo Antonioni, sessions for their sixth studio album began in the first half of 2011. However, no new music from the duo appeared until mid-2013, when they undertook their first live dates in 18 months and released the irresistible, dream-like single “Drew.” Arriving in September 2013, Tales of Us also included short films for five of its songs directed by Alison's partner, Lisa Gunning.

Top Albums

1. BBC Radio 1'..

2. Tales of Us

3. Supernature

4. Head First

5. The Singles

6. Black Cherry

7. Felt Mountai..

8. Seventh Tree..

9. Alive

10. We Are Glitt..

11. Tales of Us ..

12. Thea – EP

13. Supernature ..

14. A&E

15. Seventh Tree

16. Number 1 – E..

17. Live Session..

18. Ride a White..

19. iTunes Festi..

20. Believer – E..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
Ooh La La Supernature 3:23 $1.29
Strict Machine Black Cherry 3:51 $1.29
Strict Machine (Live) BBC Radio 1's Big Weeke.. 5:59 $0.99
Rocket (Grum Remix) Rocket 6:43 $1.29
Rocket (Penguin Prison Remix) Rocket 6:35 $1.29
Rocket (Richard X Eight Four Remix) Rocket 6:57 $1.29
Rocket (Tiƫsto Remix) Rocket 6:54 $1.29
Rocket Rocket 3:51 $1.29
Strict Machine (Live From Air Studio.. Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 5:14 $1.29
Train (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:13 $1.29
Thea (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:43 $1.29
Lovely Head (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 5:10 $1.29
Little Bird (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 7:20 $1.29
Alvar (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 5:55 $1.29
Clay (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:20 $1.29
Clowns (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:08 $1.29
Utopia (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:11 $1.29
Paper Bag (Live From Air Studios) Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:26 $1.29
Clay Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:20 $1.29
Laurel Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:10 $1.29
Stranger Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:11 $1.29
Simone Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:17 $1.29
Thea Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 4:50 $1.29
Alvar Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 5:37 $1.29
Ulla Tales of Us (Deluxe Edition.. 3:49 $1.29

Top Music Videos

1. Drew

2. Ooh La La (Cle..

3. Strict Machine..

4. Utopia (Clean)

5. Laurel

6. Jo

7. Annabel

8. Stranger

9. Number 1 (Clea..

10. Ride a White H..

11. Rocket (Clean)

12. Alive (Clean)

13. Train (Clean)

14. Twist (Clean)

15. Happiness (Cle..

16. A&E (Clean..

17. Caravan Girl (..


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